The Importance of Volunteers
Cavers give more time, labor, and expertise, spend more of their own money, and are recognized for more project persistence than any other land using group in America.
Cavers give significantly to the protection, exploration, scientific investigation, conservation, and preservation of cave and karst resources.
We have coined a name for all this donated effor - Volunteer Value; sometimes referred to as VolVal. Why should cavers even try to document their time and expenses? By calculating and recording our Volunteer Value, we can quantify the benefits that cavers provide to public land managers and private landowners. By assigning dollar values and adding up the sums, we are creating documentation that can be used for grant application processes, cave management proposals, and karst protection battles.
Volunteer Value Worksheets: For Cave Projects Everywhere
To calculate Volunteer Value three simple worksheets have been created for recording caver contributions. The worksheets are designed to be filled out in the field and document in-kind volunteer labor, expertise, and contributions for any cave project. Suggested dollar and specific values can be designated for specialized skills.
Volunteer Value represents huge contributions to caves on private, state, and federal lands.
Use the forms to document Volunteer Value for all cave projects including survey, cartography, inventory, science, administration, restoration, clean-up, in-cave conservation indlucing time spent in preparing and documenting.
The Volunteer Value forms follow the guidelines set forth in the agreement and should be used for documenting all volunteer labor, expertise, expenses and contributions for any cave project and to document Volunteer Value for all cave projects, anywhere.
The forms will also facilitate the design of a national database to handle volunteer information that will be included in proposed NSS Annual Reports. Copies can be requested from email@example.com or may be accessed electronically at the NSS Cave Conservation & Management Section Web Site.
Caves and karst systems touch our lives quietly and subtly, as well as dramaticly and obviously. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind holes in the ground contain important resources of value that are worthy of ongoing attention!
Caves Need Protection
Cave walls, floors, ceilings and habitats are easily damaged. Caves hold fragile, irreplaceable natural and cultural features, including vital groundwater resources. We need to stop cave damage caused by vandals and uniformed visitors.